Tuesday, December 8, 2009

traditions in the making

My sister Tammy is doing a blog-hop where we do a post about our family Christmas traditions and sign up on her site so we can all check each other's posts out. You can click here to take you to that specific post. And as an added bonus, she is now holding a give-away but in order to enter you need to participate in the blog hop.

Our favorite family tradition is actually the same one that Tammy posted about -- but it still counts, since we do it too!! Every November, we participate in Operation Christmas Child, which I posted about here. It's a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and to teach our girls valuable lessons in giving and being grateful for the abundance of blessings that we have.

Another one of our traditions is baking, of course! Every year we make our family favorites -- butter tarts, SKOR bars, Festive Fudge and soft white cookies. Two years ago I posted 3 of those recipes, so click back in time if you want to check those out. To be honest, the ones that the girls usually help with the most are only the soft white cookies. We take an evening together as a family to ice and decorate them while listening to Christmas music. It's a fun way to spend an evening together as a family, and we get tasty treats out of the deal too!

I'm looking forward to starting other traditions with my family too. This year on Christmas Eve we are planning on having our main family dinner, watch a Christmas movie and play games together. I would love to start having this happen every Christmas Eve -- but with so many family gatherings to work around every year, it's hard to make it happen. So far I'm okay with being flexible on the actual date -- after all, the most important thing is to be together -- but someday we'll be more firm on the date. For now though, I'm just looking forward to a Christmas Eve of family fun!

Those are a few of our traditions -- what are yours?


TammyIsBlessed said...

Thanks for participating! Don't forget to add the MckLinky code so people can hop around (if you want to, that is!).

beautyinallthings said...

We buy an ornament that signifies a milestone in our kids life that year. You can see it here: http://beautyinallthings.wordpress.com/2009/11/19/kids-tree/